A new 5x45 minute drama series for the BBC One is currently being filmed in Northern Ireland. ‘Privates’ is set in the 1960s and follows the story of eight young men as they undertake their basic training as part of the last intake of conscripts for National Service.
The series will star Patrick Baladi (The Office, Mistresses) as Captain Gulliver, Marc Silcock (Hollyoaks, Emmerdale) as Corporal Jimmy Hobbs and Jack Fox (Fresh Meat) as Private White-Bowne.
The series was written by Damian Wayling (Gallows Law, Charlotte Pimpernel), Bryn Higgins (Garrow’s Law, Casualty 1909) will direct and it’s produced
Nicolas Pitt (Garrow’s Law, 18.104.22.168).
Production Manager on the project is Charles Bates. Paul Otter (Gymnast, Cutting Edge) is the DOP and the series is currently shooting in various locations in Northern Ireland. Art director for the shoot is Ashleigh Jeffers (Game of Thrones, The City of Embers) with Susan Scott (The Importance of Being Whatever, Parked) providing costume design. ‘Privates’ will be edited by Mark Davis (One Night, Silk)
Commenting on the news Richard Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Screen said, "We are delighted to welcome Twenty Twenty Television to Northern Ireland. Our investment in a project of this nature helps develop the Northern Ireland production sector; contributing to the long-term stability of our creative industries, through the creation of jobs and the evidence that Northern Ireland can compete in the global market."
Executive producers for the series are Dominic Barlow of Twenty Twenty Television which has produced such drama like series three of ‘Gallows Law’ and documentary series like ‘The World’s Strictest Parent’ and Gerard Melling (The Case, 32 Brinkburn Street) for the BBC.
’Privates’ received funding from Northern Ireland Screen supported by Invest NI and be part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.